Last Man Standing! But Barely.

It was a sunny and warm summer afternoon when a van pulled into my driveway with two people I did not recognize. I had not seen Justin Colavincenzo and his mother Jocelyn for many, many years. Great people and trusted … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – It’s back to Ottawa for MPs

Parliament resumes this month with unfinished business and a number of prominent issues that emerged over the summer.  In addition to that, October will mark the half way point in the government’s mandate.  Faced with criticisms that their legislative agenda … Continue reading


Recipe My daughter is a vegetarian and every so often she’ll share a recipe with me that she thinks even the biggest of meat lovers will enjoy. This shepherd’s pie certainly passes the test – it’s not only meat and … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park

Before you read any further in this column, I ask you to consider the question, “What is the purpose of government?”  Take a moment to consider why we have government and what is it that it is there to do? … Continue reading

Pineapple Zucchini Cake

Recipe We’ve all been there; you go outside and discover that somehow a monstrous zucchini has appeared overnight in your vegetable garden or a well-meaning friend gives you a zucchini the size of a football. I have to admit, those … Continue reading

Travel Signs Are Signs Of Trouble

Did you ever think reading a travel brochure would be more entertaining than taking the tour itself? This spotted on the pamphlet of a car rental agency in Japan: “When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park

In preparation to return to Queen’s Park on Monday, Andrea Horwath and all the members of the NDP caucus met for several days to identify and discuss the issues and events that arose over the summer. Some of the issues … Continue reading

Grand Theft Auto Is Now A Fishing Expedition

I may not be much of a fisherman, but I love the idea of bait. The concept of “bait cars” began in the United States a dozen years ago and is now popular among police forces in Canada, mainly in … Continue reading

Easy Garlic Fried Rice

Recipe Sometimes the easiest recipes are the best recipes. I love fried rice, and it’s a great way to use up leftover rice that you may have sitting in your fridge. I sometimes will cook rice ahead just to make … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Selling public assets has no long term benefit

The more time Canadians have to unpack the Liberal commitment to invest in public infrastructure, the more it becomes obvious the plan is largely about turning tax dollars and public assets over to the private sector.  This for-profit investment model … Continue reading